On Watching Golf

Besides the cold blasts of the wintery months of January and February, I also count on the start of the PGA tour. Not many of the early tournaments really strike my fancy, but how … how could one not enjoy Riviera, the craziness at 16 in Scottsdale, or the beauty and serenity of Pebble Beach.

As the plants start to perk up in the spring months, so does my interest in the tour. Doral and Bay Hill are two key stops on the way to Augusta, and then to the TPC at Sawgrass in early May: Simply more great venues, great sites, and great holes.

I enjoy watching golf on Sunday afternoon for the excitement of that final round. Golf is a great game, and one that I’ve played for a long time. It’s one on one – but not one on one between two great players – but one on one of the player with himself and with the course. At the PGA level, it’s so much about what the player is doing … that is thinking and executing.

Although full-contact golf may be an interesting twist for fantasy television, there’s no defense in golf. If the other player gets on a roll, the opponent is left helpless. That’s one of the reasons why Tiger is so good; when he gets it, there’s no one better.

No matter the player, golf fans love good shots. They wildly cheer – even if the player isn’t well liked or well known – and cheer even more so if the next shot is just as good or even better. Fans love the chase and watching the shifting leaderboard as multiple players give it their best.

Ah yes, I love watching Sunday’s final 9 holes, especially if there’s a competition. Watching a 10-0 baseball game isn’t fun, neither is watching the golfer holding a 4-shot lead with 3 holes to play. Sure meltdowns occasionally occur, but I don’t believe golf fans really like that.

I’ll watch a lot of the Master’s, the U.S. Open (my fav), and the British Open, but, regardless of the event and no matter who’s involved,  a good down-the-stretch golf event is as good as any regular sporting event – well, at least to me.

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6 thoughts on “On Watching Golf

    • Lester,
      Let’s face it, Tiger is a draw and both viewer and attendence numbers support the claim. On the other hand, not every sports fan enjoys every sport … and that’s ok … and I know you love sports.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  1. Frank, as you know I love golf. I start watching the re-play from Thursday night and schedule my Sunday afternoons to be home so I don’t miss a shot!

    I love soccer, football and basketball, enjoy tennis and tolerate baseball. :-)

    Golf is just as exciting as any of these games and the tension of the final 9 holes can be down right nerve racking!

    P.S. Have you been watching ‘The Haney Project’? Tiger’s coach Haney is re-training Charles Barkey and it’s VERY insightful!

    • Paulette,
      I knew you would have something to say here … ha ha … so I’m glad you did.

      I haven’t seen the Haney Project as I don’t have Golf Channel on my system. Too bad b/c I would enjoy this … plus Charles is such a hoot. But I did see his new swing somewhere on YouTube.

      Thanks for the comment.

    • Bill,
      Golf simply produces so many great moments (as I just finished watching Tiger do it again at Bay Hill). I still recall a great shootout between Nicklaus and Lee Elder at Firestone in the 1960s.

      Thanks for visiting & I hope you return.

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